Channel 4 gets live British GP and highlights deal for 2019

British F1 fans with only free-to-air access to TV will enjoy a live broadcast of the British Grand Prix next year thanks to a new deal between Channel 4 and Sky.

Pay TV broadcaster Sky will continue to have the exclusive rights to screen live F1 races in the UK in 2019. However, a new partnership between Sky and Channel 4 will result in the latter sharing live coverage of the Silverstone event, with a highlights package covering the season’s additional 20 races.

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“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to establish such an exciting and innovative partnership with Sky which will ensure that the British Grand Prix and highlights of the 2019 Formula 1 Championship remain available on free-to-air television for UK viewers,” said Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and ROI CEO, was equally delighted with the new partnership.

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“Today’s partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters,” said van Rooyen.

“Not only will this innovative partnership benefit viewers, watching via Sky or free-to-air, but it will further strengthen the ecosystem of UK broadcasters and British originated content.”

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